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Mississippi student test scores decline in math, English

Sep. 23, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The number of Mississippi students learning at or above grade level in math and English decreased across almost every age group during the first statewide assessments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to results released by the Department of Education on Thursday....

Elementary school student reading, math proficiency declines

Sep. 22, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The proficiency of New Mexico's elementary students in math and reading has dropped significantly amid the pandemic, with only 31% achieving it, according to a review of preliminary academic data made public Wednesday. The drop in math and reading...

Test scores show pandemic toll on learning in Massachusetts

Sep. 21, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The pandemic has taken a toll on the test scores of Massachusetts students, according to statewide MCAS test results from the spring 2021 exam released Tuesday by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Overall, the results revealed...

New York City to conduct weekly COVID-19 tests in schools

Sep. 20, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will begin conducting weekly, random COVID-19 tests of unvaccinated students in the nation’s largest school district in an attempt to more quickly spot outbreaks in classrooms. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement...

Virginia to add tests to find pandemic-related learning gaps

Sep. 19, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Schools across Virginia will soon administer additional testing to assess how students in grades 3 through 8 are doing in math and reading after two turbulent school years. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the mandated tests are part of...

Bill to scrap MCAS test is subject of virtual public hearing

Sep. 19, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would scrap the MCAS test as a graduation requirement in Massachusetts is the subject of a virtual public hearing at the Statehouse on Monday. The bill would replace the standardized test with what supporters describe as “a broader and...

Autonomous robots prepped for cave search and rescue mission

Sep. 18, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After practicing in a former limestone mine and an abandoned hospital outside of Pittsburgh, a fleet of robots from Carnegie Mellon University is headed to Kentucky for the final test of the ability to autonomously navigate an uncertain, underground course. ...

State provides COVID-19 testing for Hawaii school campuses

Sep. 16, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Hawaii schools are participating in a state Department of Health program that provides COVID-19 testing for students, teachers and staff. Most of the public schools that have registered haven't started testing yet, but state Epidemiologist Dr....

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 15, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

Orlando Sentinel. September 13, 2021. Editorial: At least one legislator is standing up for Florida’s diminished public records law It’s good to see that not every lawmaker has surrendered to the relentless, decades-long, bipartisan legislative...

Missouri K-12 test scores drop statewide amid coronavirus

Sep. 14, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's K-12 students did worse in all subject and grade-level statewide tests during the coronavirus pandemic, data released Tuesday show. Roughly 45% of public school students scored at least proficiently at English in the 2020-2021 school...